The specialty seed industry in Oregon produces a variety of seed crops, over 170 crop species ranging from vegetable seed to cover crop and ornamental flowers. An estimated 14,000+ acres are planted to vegetable seed production statewide, for a farm gate value of $27,429,748 in 2012 (NASS 2014). Farm gate estimates including a wider selection of specialty seed crops such as flowers and cover crops exceed $50 million annually.

The Specialty Seed Growers of Western Oregon and the Willamette Valley Specialty Seed Association are locally run organizations that exist to promote high quality seed production in Willamette Valley and Western Oregon through cooperation with seed companies, growers, and Oregon State University Extension. These groups are focused on research-based solutions to seed production issues

Willamette Valley Specialty Seed Association - maintains maps to ensure isolation distances between crops, promotes quality seed production

Specialty Seed Growers of Western Oregon - contact information and member application

Specialty Seed Growers of Western Oregon email list - sign up for occasional news relevant to seed growers

 

Resources

Oregon Bee Project - protecting pollinators needed for seed production, including the Flagship Farms program

Organic Seed Alliance Conference - this annual event in Corvallis focuses on organic seed production systems

Integrative Seed Biology at Oregon State University

Organic Seed Resource Guide (at eXtension)

Organic Seed Production Course (at eXtension)

Ohio State Seed ID website